Illustrated Promo for a Comedy Show

I’ve written a couple times before about my son Tom doing standup in NYC, after his day job is over. He and a friend are putting together a lineup of comedians they know, to fill an evening at a bar in the Bowery called Von, and Tom asked me to produce a graphic for advertising purposes. I quickly sketched him and Meghan Frank, who will emcee the night, and redrew them on the computer using the mouse, for a deliberately chunky,  quirky style.

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Luckily they both have bold elements to their ‘looks,’ so even without facial details these caricatures are recognizable!

Magazine Illustration: Hotels & College Towns

My newest illustration assignment for Lodging Magazine accompanies an article aimed at developers in the hospitality industry, about some key points to keep in mind when choosing locations for new hotel.

The article explains that many chains realize the value of bringing hotels to college towns, since the football season brings so many out-of-towners that need accommodations; but there are other considerations before the developer should seal the deal, which the article describes more in depth. For the illustration I pitched a few ideas to the editor, involving cheerleaders, graduates in caps and gowns, and college fairs. Then I was talking to my son Tom, who does improv comedy several nights a week in NYC at Reckless Theatre, about the topic and asked him if there was some funnier angle to it – and he quickly hit on the best image of all – college football team mascots.

When I suggested this to the editor she immediately liked it, so I got onto the sketch.  I googled images of college mascots and chose several that looked distinctly different, then sketched them barging into a hotel developers’ office, begging her to pick their town.

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and a color markered sketch, where I added in a pennant & megaphone to reinforce the college idea:

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The editor approved it with a few gestural changes, and so I painted the final:

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I sincerely thank my son for his idea! By doing improv he has developed skills that lead him to generate really fast, funny, visual scenarios!

 

 

 

Clown Boy Logo

My son has been performing improv comedy since middle school, and he recently teamed up with another talented friend to form a 2-man improv group called Clown Boy.

I am always amazed when my husband and I attend these improv shows, how these actors can take a spontaneous phrase suggested by the audience and build an entire short play from it, with plenty of laughs.  My son Tom has explained some of the ideas they use in rehearsal to set up scenes, find cues as to where the action is heading, and heighten the humorous situations that develop – but I still think I could never do it off the top of my head like they do!

clownboyskwpThe guys needed a logo for when they appear at local venues in NYC and comedy festivals, so we worked together on a concept. They suggested a design a bit like the traditional comedy/tragedy masks, but using their faces with some clown facepaint added.  They sent me headshots, and I started with a pencil sketch of each of them.

I made a scan of the sketch and colored it in roughly with colored pencil, picked a few typefaces for them to choose, and sent them the mockup below. clownboy4

They requested a few changes – a different typeface and some variations on the clown facepaint. For the finish I redrew the heads a bit tighter using a Faber Castell felt tip, scanned those drawings onto an MS Publisher page and colorized them with the program, using the typeface they chose.

The final logo is below.  They plan to brand their videos and online presence with it, and I’m looking forward to the next time my husband and I can catch Michael Bird and Tom Achilles in an improv show in NYC!

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The DC CouchCast Logo

My son has performed in improv comedy for years now in Washington and he and a buddy have recently started a podcast highlighting DC comedians and giving news about upcoming comedy happenings.  I just finished the logo for them, below.  (If you want to listen, it’s on SoundCloud, under dccouchcast – I recommend Episode 4, an interview, with Topher Bellavia).

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